The Arts Xchange

Pre and post 16 provision

The Arts Xchange provides alternative education through a creative media and performing arts curriculum.

We believe that education has the power not only to enrich lives, but to transform them. Whatever the age, needs or previous experience of our learners, we never waver from our commitment to making their experience of the Arts Xchange a time of growth, joy, and success. A creative curriculum ignites a love of learning and our offer ensures that students experience an individualised approach which enables them to grow and flourish within a culture full of praise, celebration and collaboration.

At the Arts Xchange, students can work towards meaningful accreditations and qualifications, with some lessons taught by industry professionals with experience and knowledge of the working world of arts and media.

This course may be suitable for you if you have an interest in a career in the arts or media and if you would benefit from a different curriculum offer coupled with a less formal type of learning environment.

Pre-16 program of study

Accredited Core Subjects

GCSEs - English Language, Maths

Functional Skills - Entry Levels, Level 1, Level 2: English, Maths, ICT, 

BTECs - Applied Science Level 1 and Level 2, Work skills Level 1 and Level 2

Wellbeing, Interventions, Preparation for next destinations - PSHEE, PE/Fitness, Careers, Phonics,  Emotional Literacy, Educational Visits, Cultural Capital Projects

Creative Courses

Students choose which Level 2 UAL pathway they would like to follow either, Performing Arts (dance, drama, vocals) or Creative Media Production (digital arts, film, music technology).


This strand of the curriculum engages students in personal, social and health education and preparation for post 16 education, training, or employment. One of the strengths of the college is the emphasis on personal and social growth, enabling students to develop a stronger sense of who they are and helping them to improve their self-confidence and ability to interact with others.

Post-16 program of study

We offer either a performing arts UAL (level 3) pathway encompassing Dance, drama & vocals or a Music production or media UAL pathway encompassing digital arts, film & music technology. All post-16 students without GCSE maths and English at grade C or above also study English & Maths GCSE or functional skills depending on their level. 

All of our students are provided with professional mentors from performing arts and creative media employers. Mentors help shape and develop career opportunities in students' chosen pathway/art form.

Creative Arts qualifications - University of the Arts London (UAL)

UAL is the Awarding body for the Level 2* / 3* Creative Arts Awards & Diplomas. 

It is a collective of the UK's top Creative Arts Universities based around central London; the Oxford and Cambridge of creativity.

* Level 2 Awards (1 GCSE) & Diplomas (4 GCSE's)

* Level 3 Diplomas are equivalent to A Levels

Contact details

263-269 City Road, London, EC1V 1JX
020 4568 4747


Bus routes: 43 / 205 / 214 / 394 / N205
Tube: Angel, Farringdon, Old Street


Quality Assurance (Pupil Referral Unit): Meets required standard (2024)
DfE registered: Yes
Ofsted rating: 2 (2024)

This page was last modified on: 23 Jul 2024